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Comment Re:Next year they'll find another switch (Score 1) 381

That's how the grant progress works - make a discovery, overstate its importance, collect the next grant, and repeat the process when the grant money runs out. As for evolution, throwing random insults at someone is the evolutionary equivalent of monkeys throwing their feces at each other.

Submission + - Software discovers first new non-overlapping hexgaon in 30 years->

JoeyRox writes: With the aid of specialized software, a research team at University of Washington Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has found the first new, non-overlapping hexagon in 30 years, making it only the 15th such hexagon ever found. Study of pentagonal tilings is interesting also because of its potential applications. “Many structures that we see in nature, from crystals to viruses, are comprised of building blocks that are forced by geometry and other dynamics to fit together to form the larger scale structure”

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Submission + - Verizon ends smartphone subisides->

JoeyRox writes: Verizon has discontinued service plans that include subsidies for upgrading a smartphone every two years. The new plans require customers to pay full price for their smartphones, either up front with a single one-time purchase or by monthly payments with interest-free financing provided by Verizon. Unlike their previous subsidized plans, Verizon's new plans don't require a long-term contract.
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Submission + - Smartphone apps fraudulently collecting revenue from invisible ads->

JoeyRox writes: Thousands of mobile applications are downloading ads that are never presented to users but which collect an estimated $850 million in fraudulent revenue from advertisers per year. The downloading of these invisible ads can slow down users' phones and consume up to 2GB of bandwidth per day. Forensiq, an online technology firm fighting fraud for advertisers, found over 5,000 apps displayed unseen ads on both Apple and Android devices. "The sheer amount of activity generated by apps with fake ads was what initially exposed the scam. Forensiq noticed that some apps were calling up ads at such a high frequency that the intended audience couldn’t possibly be actual humans".
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